Monthly Archives: December 2013


The Lord is my Salvation

Some seek refuge in men;
But the Lord is my refuge.
Some turn to government;
But the Lord is my refuge.

All my foes surrounded me,
They attacked from every side;
But the Lord turned them away.
Seeking to destroy me,
They came time after time,
But the Lord turned them away.

I was frightened about to fall,
But the Lord was my salvation.
The Lord gave me strength,
The Lord was my defense;
The Lord is my salvation!

The Lord’s hand is lifted high;
The Lord has done a mighty thing.
I will shout with joy and victory,
For I am a child of the Most High God.

Open wide the gates of the righteous;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
I will give thanks, for He answered me;
The Lord has become my salvation.

The Lord has blessed me richly,
and it is marvelous in my eyes.
The Lord has done it this very day;
I will rejoice today and be glad.

Carl A. Gooch ~ 27 December 2013



Carl’s Thought – 30 December

(1 Corinthians 10:23 & 31)

{“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.}

The rights I claim for myself are the same rights offered to all. We can do what we want, but there is a reaction for our actions.
Just because something is not spelled out as forbidden does not mean it is good for me.
I can eat as much ice cream as I want to, and I have broken no law.  But there are consequences for my actions. The aftermath of my actions would be rather unpleasant.
I can dress only in a swimsuit and go out in the cold of winter, I have that right. The results for doing so probably would affect my body adversely.  But I do have the right to act foolishly.
Not everything that is acceptable to all is good for all. While a drink of wine is acceptable some, others may be harmed by it.

I try to remind myself to think before I speak or act. I am not always successful but I do try.
I try asking myself three questions before I act.
1) Is this something that will build me up and strengthen me?
2) Will this help someone on their walk with Christ?
3) Will the glory of God and His love shine through this?
If I can answer yes truthfully to these three questions, I feel free to act.  But if on the other hand I can not answer all of them yes or I have some doubt, then maybe I should rethink before I act.

I can not in good conscience judge anyone, for the Lord is the one who Judges. (1cor.4:4) And I have sins of my own that Christ has forgiven. So I can only offer love and understanding.

Carl A. Gooch ~ 30 December 2013


Brand New Year

Come now children don’t be shy,
Another year has done gone by.
Leave behind your fear and doubt,
I’ll tell you what I’m talking about.

A brand new adventure lies ahead,
On a path where your faith is fed.
A new day unseen by me and you,
Lives are changed and made new.

Some will see and think you odd,
Because we strive to follow God.
But God’s word will keep us strong,
And school us in right and wrong.

Keep our focus, don’t lose our way;
His love will guide us through the day.
As He walks hand in hand with you,
You will see His promises are true.

No need to doubt, no need to fear,
God has given us a brand new year.

Carl A. Gooch ~ 31 December 2013

The French Tie


Hands on Bowie & Jimi

My great unveiling for today. I have a confession to make on HoB: I don’t like photos of dressed up animals. Why do people dress up their pets? Most items are not entirely practical for the animals. The reasons why pet owners dress up their pets are not yet well researched, according to a BBC news article.
Just for once, I momentarily dressed up Mr. Bowie for a photo shoot. After all, it’s a special day.


Happy Meow Year! Viva la Vida!

I was six years old, when I got this French tie. I went to a Christian school and the tie was a present from an old nun. She bought it during a pilgrimage which she made to Lourdes. I don’t remember ever wearing this French tie.

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Little Boys Grow Up


Heron There & Everywhere

When my sons were small, Thomas the Tank Engine was a favorite at our house.  He’s still here, but he’s a little dusty now.  He’s actually still part of the HO scale model railroad set up in our basement, but he sits idle now.  My younger son finally seems to have lost his fascination with all things Thomas.  It’s kind-of like me with Barbie.  I still collect Barbie dolls, but they no longer have full and active imaginary lives. At some point we all stop “playing”.

thomas1thomas2My sons are still very much into trains.  They’ve just graduated to photographing the real thing.  I get into the act on the rare occasion that I see something from my work window that they might be interested in.

trainToday we visited the Garden Factory.  The Garden Factory is a local garden store that has an annual train display.  It’s an annual tradition for…

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Any Day’s Good for a Train Ride!


The Acadia, Halifax and North Coast Railway

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted to the blog. Summer happens! I have made some progress on a few things, but not enough to blog about. However, a VERY sorely needed vacation has given me the opportunity to talk about the AHNC’s “prototype”!


I enjoyed another fantastic ride today on the Downeast Scenic Railroad in Ellsworth, Maine. Those of you who know me better will recall I grew up in the Ellsworth area, and although I do remember occasionally seeing freight trains of the Maine Central Railroad here, we lived quite far “out in the sticks” and didn’t get “into town” very much, so I missed most of it. The railroad was abandoned the year before I began high school in Ellsworth, and a couple of years before I was old enough to have a driver’s license and some independence to go out railfanning. Missed it by

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A Tale of Two Locos


The Acadia, Halifax and North Coast Railway

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!

So I was sitting at my workbench a couple of weeks ago looking over things and musing about what to run this year on my traditional circle of track around our Christmas tree, and settled on my heavyweight business car train. Then it occurred to me that the more modern power rostered by AHNC has never quite looked right with my heavyweight business train. Sure, a GP38-2 or U18B can pull it, and even though my business cars are thoroughly modernized with roller bearings, HEP wiring, and are Amtrak certified to 110mph, a 70’s era freight hauling brick just doesn’t add class to a glossy train of heavyweights like observation car “Chickadee” shown below or its three sisters, HEP/Utility car “St. Croix”, diner “Passamaquoddy”, and coach “Campobello”.


So I went looking on the shelves downstairs, knowing I had something more appropriate which I’d…

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